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Being Published in New International Anthology

My poem, To Be or Not To Be, is being published in their upcoming anthology.

I’m supremely excited ūüėä

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ROMANCING TIME

“To Time   
Hello time,
Haven’t heard from you for a long time. 
How are you spending your time,
Without me coming along for a run of time?

I miss your light, bright laugh as you fly by
Your transience makes you all the more precious.
Don’t abandon my side and leave me lonely.
Alone to face your swiftly moving wondrous
Glory that eases with your passing.”
(Chehab, M. K., PerfectlyFlawed, 2021)

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I wished to thank you for your time, the one that helped me overcome pain and disillusionment,¬†that almost brought me down, at one time or another.¬† Yes time, your earthly flow is a balm on my soul, which you soothed with your constant presence and support.¬† Your availability at all hours of the day brought me comfort, when I was confused and drawn. Your help in marking time with me, gave me permission to speak my mind and get all the hurt off my chest.¬† ‘A clean slate’ for a time, is a wondrous gift of rejuvenation imbued in optimism.
¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†Whenever I think of you,¬†time, I know that each of your hands is holding me up to the tests of time.¬† In my five decades, I have emigrated four times to three Continents,¬† experienced loss, betrayal,¬† disillusionment,¬† fear, horror, injustice,¬† motherhood, ‘wifehood’, childhood upheaval,¬† travel, adventure,¬† laughter, faith, optimism,¬†and love.¬† With your help, time, I have had many ups and downs, but what leaves the greatest impression is laughter.¬† To laugh is to live, and, to live is to savor life.¬† With laughter comes the humor of a situation that you can only perceive when thinking positively.¬† They’ve even come up with laughing yoga, laughter university (California- of course, where else?!!), and laughing Kung Fu.¬† If that doesn’t prove my point, I don’t know what will! So, laughter is uplifting,¬†optimistic,¬†and tickles your funny bone in order to redirect your frown to a smile! It’s also important to note that, life’s constant changes and your ability to adapt to new realities is but a drop in the well of your knowledge and patience, especially when you have a sense of humor that helps alleviate the stress, anxiety of any major changes.
¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†Relish each stage in your life as each is as transient as time itself,¬† one moment it’s there, another gone into the caverns of memories so deep you need to excavate them in order to remember a specific moment in time.¬† I’ve learned that time is precious,¬†and that you need to make the most of this treasure you’ve been given. As time flows into an ocean of evocation: a smell, a ray of light, a flower, a cry, a laugh, a touch, a kiss, or all together, will invoke a feeling of well-being that’s unparalleled in your heart.¬†¬† Savor it, and don’t dwell on the negativity that time, and time again, may erode facts turning them into feelings and interpretations that become dubious in their veracity.
      I hope we meet more often time, as I enjoy unburdening my lot to your compassionate ear.
Yours truly,
Lover of Time

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Romancing Time

https://theunsealed.com/activity/p/1986/

Enclosed please find the link to my letter to time, part of the Unsealed contest, it’s published there. Interestingly, the beginning of the letter is an exert poem from my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed , titled: To Time.

Please vote for my letter to win at this link.

I still have time for votes till July 30:

Romancing Time

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MASKulinity, poem in my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed, Malak kalmoni Chehab